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DeGale defends IBF title with points victory against Bute

DeGale won on points. Credit: PA

James DeGale came through his first examination as IBF super-middleweight champion with a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Lucian Bute in Quebec.

The 29-year-old DeGale won the title by beating Andre Dirrell on points in May and put the belt on the line against Bute, who was stopped by Carl Froch in 2012.

The bout at the Centre Videotron got off to a blistering start and the pace barely relented as both fighters enjoyed success with quick combinations.

The home crowd were getting right behind Romanian-born Canadian Bute, who left DeGale with a cut above his left eye after an accidental head clash.

DeGale was forced back by his opponent as the match wore on but his superior footwork and speed were enough to convince the judges to score the fight 116-112, 117-111, 117-111 in the Briton's favour.

It was a great night for British boxing asTyson Fury became the new heavyweight champion of the world after beating Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf's ESPRIT Arena.

Fury v Klitschko fight to go ahead as row over ring is resolved

Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko will go ahead as planned after a dispute over the ring canvas was resolved.

The 27-year-old Briton was unhappy with the the surface and insisted it was too soft ahead of Saturday's WBA, WBO and IBF title fight in Dusseldorf.

Fury's agent Asif Vali confirmed the bout will go ahead. Credit: PA

However, Fury's agent Asif Vali eventually confirmed the bout will go ahead.

"It's on after two hours, it's fight time," he tweeted.

Fury, who also said he would not fight if an issue over his gloves for the fight was not sorted out, clearly believes the soft canvas would have slowed him down in what may be a deliberate ploy by Klitschko.

Vali, who got the British Boxing Board of Control involved, said earlier: "Massive health & safety issues fights in jeopardy with the foam and canvas here in Dusseldorf."


Tyson Fury: Klitschko will be one of my easiest fights

Video report courtesy of ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne

British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has said his upcoming challenge with Wladimir Klitschko will be one of his easiest fights yet.

In a press conference, free from his usual jokey antics, Fury said: "Old guy, young guy. Old champion, new champion. Enough said."

At 6ft 9, Tyson has won all his pro fights, mostly by knock-out, and said this weekend will be no different.

He told ITV News: "Saturday night we'll have a new heavyweight champion or I'll have egg on my face, one of the two."

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